Steppenfool Posted June 23, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 23, 2022 (edited) I have desired to own a Vespasian IVDAEA piece for a long time. I try to collect coins that are historically important, or communicate interesting messages. There's scarcely a more historically significant event represented on coinage than the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple during the Flavian dynasty's Jewish War This event was important for Rome itself, the looted treasures funded Flavian prosperity and were responsible for the funding of the Colosseum. A monument to this event in Titus' arch still stands. It doesn't need describing how huge this event was for the Jewish people and their religion/theology. The event is mourned as tragedy to this day, as it is believed that God dwelt within the Holy of Holies and that this sacred space was violated. In addition, there was a horrific loss of human life and suffering. Many sects view the rebuilding of the temple as work that will be completed in the future by the Messiah. The event was important for the budding Christian community, who utilised it in two key ways. Firstly, they interpreted it as a sign that their religion was correct and that the event was a punishment on the Jewish people for turning away from the true Messiah/Son of Man and his teachings. Secondly, they claimed that their Messiah Jesus Christ had predicted the destruction of the temple which showed his knowledge of divine providence. So, with my motivation for owning this coin out of the way. I was faced with the difficulty of acquiring one. Before setting my sites on higher value targets, my price limit on coin purchases was always £100. Clearly some flexibility would be needed to buy a coin like this, which marked the first rule break. My first stop was vcoins and mashops. I saw prices higher than I had imagined, even for the crustiest and most worn examples. Clearly retail was out of the question. Next, I tried a few auctions and often (I speculate) met someone as much enthusiasm as me for an affordable IVDAEA piece, but with slightly more cash to spare. I broke another one of my coin buying rules and headed to eBay. I regularly use eBay for cheaper purchases, but this was going to be my most expensive purchase to date on any platform. After some browsing I found a seller who stocked a worn IVDAEA for £155 which is the cheapest I've seen. I perused his other coins and they appeared authentic and sensibly priced. I even found a forum post from someone who had bought a Galba denarius from this seller and was very happy with the coin. After double checking forgerynetwork and FORVM, I was happy to buy, and offered slightly under the asking price. This offer was accepted and quickly shipped and I am now the proud owner of a worn Vespasian IVDAEA coin! After my purchase the seller sent me a lot of links r.e fake identification and warned me about purchasing on eBay. The sellers username is "" and his stock is certainly worth a look, but I imagine most UK users will have come across it before. Overall it was a great experience and actually better than standard retail in a lot of ways. Sellers pic below. The seller was very honest with his photography and it looks a lot better in hand! Post coins and stories of when you violated your own Numismatic rules/principles! Edited August 8, 2022 by Steppenfool 25 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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